Pilot Flying J announces Road Warrior 2019 winner

September 11, 2019

Land Line Staff

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Timothy Chelette, Road Warrier 2019 grand prize winner
Timothy Chelette, winner of Pilot Flying J’s 2019 Road Warrior contest honoring professional drivers, was presented with the $10,000 grand prize at the Pilot Travel Center in his hometown of Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo courtesy Pilot Flying J)

A Tennessee trucker has been named the winner of Pilot Flying J’s Road Warrior 2019 contest.

The Knoxville, Tenn.-based truck stop chain announced the winners of its sixth annual Road Warrior contest on Sept. 9. The event included hosting a surprise celebration for the $10,000 grand prize winner as part of the company’s kickoff to National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.

Truck driver Timothy Chelette of Murfreesboro, Tenn., is the grand prize winner. Rodney Hagan of Webster, Fla., and William McNamee of Christopher, Ill., have been named the second and third place Road Warrior 2019 winners, respectively.

“Each year, our Road Warrior program allows us to honor the unsung heroes on the road who go above and beyond as professional drivers,” Pilot Flying J president Ken Parent said in a news release. “The trucking community is lucky to have so many hardworking men and women on the road committed to keeping America moving and this year’s winners exemplify some of the most admirable qualities of the industry.”

A professional driver at Big G Express for nearly 15 years, Chelette has served as a Tennessee Road Team captain and currently serves as an American Road Team captain, promoting safety across the nation. Over the years, he has driven more than 1.9 million accident-free miles delivering freight. In the last four years, Chelette has raised more than $30,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through an annual motorcycle ride he created.

To honor Chelette as the grand prize winner, Pilot Flying J partnered with his employer, Big G Express, to surprise him with the news of his win and present him with his $10,000 prize at the Pilot Travel Center in his hometown of Murfreesboro.

“It is a great honor to be named the Road Warrior winner,” Chelette said in the news release. “Thank you to Big G Express for nominating me and to Pilot Flying J for putting on this great program that recognizes drivers like me. I will be able to do more charity rides now that my motorcycle will be paid off. I appreciate everyone who voted – it really means a lot.”

In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, Pilot Flying J awarded $5,000 to second-place winner, Hagan, and $2,500 to third-place winner, McNamee. Nominators of the grand, second and third place winners also will receive a $500 prize. This year, the three finalists were selected from more than 7,500 online nominations.

To read more about the Road Warrior 2019 winners and learn more about the contest, click here.